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Falling into the Lesbi World: Desire and Difference in Indonesia

Evelyn Blackwood


This book offers a compelling view of sexual and gender difference through the everyday lives of tombois and their girlfriends (“femmes”) in the city of Padang, West Sumatra. While likening themselves to heterosexual couples, tombois and femmes contest and blur dominant constructions of gender and heterosexuality. Tombois are masculine females who identify as men and desire women; their girlfriends view themselves as normal women who desire men. The book shows how these same-sex Indonesian couples negotiate transgressive identities and desires and how their experiences speak to the struggles a ... More

Keywords: sexual difference, gender difference, tombois, girlfriends, Padang, West Sumatra, femmes, heterosexuality, masculinity, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834425
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834425.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evelyn Blackwood, author
Purdue University